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ERIC Number: ED533971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 93
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1249-9644-8
Influence of Mentoring Programs on Special Educators' Intent to Stay in Special Education
Perry, Clarissa Simmons
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Regent University
The lack of certified special education teachers and high rates of attrition have led to a shortage of special educators. Mentoring programs have been developed to improve retention of beginning educators. This study examined if a mentoring program is effective for special educators. The participants were first- and second-year elementary, middle, and high school teachers in a large suburban school system in southern Maryland. Participants rated the effectiveness of the mentoring program and their mentor and reported their short- and long-term plans to remain in special education. This study examined the relationship between participation in the mentoring program and intent to stay in special education. A binary logistic regression was used to investigate whether the frequency or effectiveness of interaction between mentors and their mentees could predict a new teacher's intent to stay in special education. A chi-square test of independence examined the difference in intent to stay in special education between being assigned a general education mentor versus being assigned a special education mentor. The data revealed no relationship between frequency and effectiveness of interaction between mentor and mentee. There was not a significant difference between participants with a general education mentor and participants with a special education mentor. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland